Sunday, May 06, 2007

Thoughts on Genesis--the lies of the serpent

But the serpent said to the woman: "You certainly will not die! No, God knows well that the moment you eat of it your eyes will be opened and you will be like gods who know what is good and what is evil."
~Genesis, Chapter 3
How were our first parents to "know what is good and what is evil" if not to experience it themselves? God had given them everything that was good when He created the earth. The only way for Adam and Eve to "know evil" was to experience the evil that comes from sin. What evil has entered the world when Adam and Eve listened to Satan's lies!

The goal of "being like gods" is also a lie from Satan. Satan, who was originally an angel, ("Lucifer", meaning "light bearer") was also the original being to have the audacity to try to *be* God. Even today, he prowls the world, telling us the same lie.
For even Satan masquerades as an angel of light.
~2 Corrinthians 11:14

The angel who stayed true to the One God, is St. Michael, whose name in Hebrew means "Who is Like God?" The answer, of course, is NO ONE is like God--in the sense of being God.
Hear, 0 Israel: The Lord our God alone! and you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength. Deut. 6:4 f.

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